Training and Development

Training and development

Training and development is an integral part of fostering the growth of the primary sector in New Zealand.

There are a variety of educational institutes, development programmes and scholarships, and websites with resources available to help New Zealanders advance their careers in the agricultural industry.

This page is designed to be a directory and provides a guide as to what is available, it is by no means a complete list.

Should you have any suggestions on other training and development options please get in touch.

"One of the most exciting aspects of our primary sector is it’s connection businesses and consumers worldwide. The food we grow, and how we grow it, is a huge part of New Zealand’s global brand. I enjoy working alongside smart kiwi businesses as they build that brand and the wealth it creates for New Zealand".

Roger Bourne
Strategic Marketing Manager
The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited


Educational courses

Dairy Training Limited

Dairy industry training throughout New Zealand

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Lincoln University

NZ’s specialist land based University

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Massey University

The engine of the new New Zealand

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Primary ITO

Qualifications and short courses to over thirty primary industries

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Taratahi Agriculture Training Centre

New Zealand’s largest agricultural training centre.

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Telford College

A division of Lincoln University.

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Scholarships and Development

NZ Young Farmers Scholarships

Available for NZ Young Farmers members studying agriculture or agriculturally related topics

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The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust


T&G Undergraduate Scholarships

T&G Global is committed to attracting and assisting young people forge a career in New Zealand’s $7 billion dollar-plus horticulture industry. The annual T&G Undergraduate Scholarship Programme assist students to undertake a degree that will provide them with the education and training to best support New Zealand’s rewarding and diverse horticultural industry and ensure a sustainable future.


Agri-Woman's Development Trust programmes

Developing the capability and confidence of people in agriculture.

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Beef & Lamb Scholarships

Supporting the sheep and beef sector’s future leaders

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Zespri Horticultural Scholarship Programme

$15,000 scholarships to encourage New Zealand’s top secondary students to pursue a career in New Zealand’s fast-growing kiwifruit industry.


Burnside Hart Cooperative Education Trust

Silver Fern Farms initiative designed to advance education and leadership training for the benefit of New Zealand’s primary sector.

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Cooperative Governance Scholarship

Silver Fern Farms initiative designed to assist Silver Fern Farms shareholders to develop their governance capabilities

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Nuffield Scholarship

Global vision, leadership and innovation in agriculture

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Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme

Supporting emerging agribusiness leaders to help shape the future of NZ agribusiness and rural affairs

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